Famous People with disabilities

@TLChimes (4846)
United States
April 3, 2009 9:55am CST
This is an informative site over all but this link will take you to a page where you can check out famous people you may know with all sorts of disabilities including physical, emotional, and medical. Check it out and share with us which ones you were surprised to see (Bruce Willis stuttered) or that inspired you. http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_0060.shtml I can't wait to hear what you think!
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@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Wow--it'll take me awhile to go through all the listings...I was surprised to find out how many people suffered from depression, ones I would never imagine would have like Richard Dryfuss, Jim Carrey or Billy Joel...I mean they always seem so..uh, "perky"..LOL I was surprised that site didn't list those celebrities who have had panic disorder problems..so went to this site...I've listed a few people here not all The reason I was interested in finding about famous folk with anxiety disorder problems since that's what I've been dealing with all these years. I was surprised to find some people on this list, like Johnny Depp as he always comes across rather laid back....LOL. And Oprah Winfrey??? Wow..would never have guessed it Carly Simon (singer) Aretha Franklin (singer) Sir Laurence Olivier (actor) Emily Dickinson (poet) Nicholas Cage (actor) Roseanne Barr (comedian) Michael Jackson (singer) Naomi Judd (singer) Sissy Spacek (actress) Johnny Depp (actor) Sally Field (actress) Alanis Morisette (singer) Burt Reynolds (actor) Kim Basinger (actress) Olivia Hussey (actress) Oprah Winfrey (host) Isaac Asimov (author) Charles Schultz (cartoonist) Barbra Streisand (singer) Naomi Campbell (model) David Bowie (singer) Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) Here's the source of the article and gives a lot more who had anxiety problems http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/panic_disorder/15728 {NOT A Referral link but an article listing celebrity with anxiety disorder)
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
7 Apr 09
THANKS for the link.... great reading! Isaac Asimov was super cool! I do miss him. I knew he was both author and scientist but didn't know about his other issue.
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@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
3 Apr 09
Yes TL I agree that these are the greatest lots but handicapped by something or the other. What after all can we do but to wonder how they are fighting out and trying to see life from the close range. And never to express our sympathy or sympathize with them that they are so and so, Its really a nice link. Thank you very much
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
My dad wanted to show me that my own children could be anything they wanted to be inspite of their medical issues. He's the one who gave me the link I shared. He's a good Father and a better grandfather.
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3 Apr 09
Hi TLChimes, It is amazing how many famous people have disablities and still carry on with their work and many people don't they have it untill it is reveal, I admire them pass or present. Tamara
@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Me too. They really are people who help those who have to face something like it. I wish more knew about them. Just so people knew they could over come.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
3 Apr 09
Hi TL... This is a wonderful site because it lets people know that just because these people are celebrities they are real! They have problems; they have had problems; they are not perfect like they play on tv or in the movies. Thank you for sharing.
@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Not only do they have problems but look how far they went... They over came so much. I loved it. Your welcome!
@Sgurleyd (68)
• United States
4 Apr 09
I read once that Van Gogh suffered from Bipolar (guess they didn't call it that back then). He supposedly did his greatest work while manic and that seems to be norm with creative people and Bipolar. I have had it for years but unfortunately I have not one creative bone in my body so I don't get the benefit of doing something beautiful with it.
@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I try to be creative but...sigh... I'm just insane. Lucky for me... I have friends who don't mind.
• United States
5 Apr 09
Yep! Me too! I always wonder how the creative people can stay in one spot long enough to create something. I get too fidgety! Besides, being normal is highly overrated!
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@liquorice (3903)
3 Apr 09
That's a very interesting site. It should give other people inspiration that all these people were successful despite their disabilities. We have a really lovely, inspiring children's tv presenter her called Cerri Burnell. There has been a bit of (ridiculous) controversy ever since she started on the UK kids channel CBeebies. There were 9 complaints from the public that she would 'scare' the children as she was born with just one hand. But luckily she has had a lot more support than complaints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK61ssge600
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I heard about that and my daughter and I watched a clip from the show. She's 9. She said the parents were nuts. She said that Cerri would teach the kids to not think differently of people with that type of disability, but the parents were teaching them to be bad. My little one is wiser then some of those adults. Thanks for the clip.
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@liquorice (3903)
5 Apr 09
You're welcome. The funny thing is that my daughter hasn't even noticed that Cerri only has one hand - or if she has, she hasn't thought it significant enough to mention it. If only adults could be the same way! I agree, your daughter does indeed sound wise.
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@mummymo (23709)
3 Apr 09
You love Bruce Willis too? There's a surprise! I got thoroughly immersed in that site and found it very interesting indeed. I have to say that no particular person on those lists surprised me but what did surprise me is that so many people who played a huge role in history had so many health problems! xxx
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Of course I do! I was surprised on the ones I knew had very visible lives but not very visible disabilities. People think they know the famous folk... but really they are just as human as the next person.
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@mummymo (23709)
6 Apr 09
Exactly - they are real people and need to be known as such! Hugs xxxx
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• United States
5 Apr 09
awesome site! i was happy (although it feels wrong to say happy considering) to see the list of famous people with the mental problems.. so many illnesses have stigmas and i just wish some of these famous people with those and other illnesses would be more public so that it would get recognition and understanding
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Yep.... if people relate an illness to someone they tend to be more reactive to it. If these public people let out their sucsessful handling, more folks would have faith in those they love becoming anything they wish.
@maximax8 (27055)
3 Apr 09
Thanks for sharing this information and website with us on wonderful My Lot. I very much enjoyed reading the list of and description of the people that have or had spina bifida. My toddler son has spina bifida so it was inspirational to me. Disabled people can make up for a loss in one area with being talented in another way. Things looked bleak at 36 weeks pregnancy with my son but now he is making so much progress. He can use his hands and he is great with musical instruments.
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I understand where you are and where you've been. My son was never supposed to walk so I cried when he did. I bet your son does those neat little things that makes your heart melt. If you are supportive and never let his disability over shadow his abilities then he can do all that he wishes. I'm glad you found inspiration in the site... I think that's why my dad sent it to me to start with.
• United States
3 Apr 09
I've used this site with my students and they LOVE it. It really helps to motivate them to know they can do anything they want to in life. For me, I have always liked to the story of Rudy Rutegar who got an education from Notre Dame. I also love hearing about Tom Cruises story and severe dyslexia. Whoopie Goldburg does a wonderful sketch regarding those with learning disorders, because she herself had one. I think we need more role models like these who have overcome, become successful despite disabilities. Namaste-Anora
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
5 Apr 09
You are very right, we need more real, good role models. Be well,
@mathss1 (1182)
• United States
3 Apr 09
Gr8 website
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@TLChimes (4846)
• United States
3 Apr 09
My daddy showed it to me. He knows that we talk about that often because of our kids. It's a wonderful place.